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We have made it to week 5 of our Made to Crave study. I know I say this every week and probably sound like a broken record, but this week was so good. If you are just joining us or need a recap of the previous weeks studies, you can read them here.
One of my favorite verses that Lysa shared this week was from 1 Corinthians 10:23
Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.
We were made to consume food for nourishment, and even in some cases for pleasure and enjoyment. Food is not suppose to consume us or be our reward for having a tough day. What I love about Lysa sharing this verse from 1 Corinthians is that she is relating it to our relationship with food.
Just like the saying we learned two weeks ago, Nothing tastes as good as peace feels, I want to remind myself of what I’m eating before I eat it. I love ice cream, but I also struggle from a diary intolerance. It’s not the end of the world if I eat a little diary here and there, but I definitely feel the effects if I consume a lot. So when I’m thinking about having some ice cream, I remember that ice cream is permissible, but not necessarily beneficial to me.
If you have access the to video study, I highly encourage you to watch this week’s lesson. It was so powerful and packed full of scriptures. (For the full list of scripture verses see page 107 in the Participant’s Guide.)
Along with the video message, in chapter 14 Lysa talks about how when we are spiritually and emotionally empty, we are vulnerable to Satan’s attack of lies. We think about situations that cause us pain and hurt, and all to often we try to fill that void with food instead of God.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. ~ Philippians 4:8
Oh how I love this verse! I love how Lysa says that this way of thinking is “parking my mind in a better spot.”
I love the exercise in chapter 14 that has you thinking through this scripture to reflect on healthy thoughts that help us to park our minds in a better spot. I can’t say that I have ever gone through the experience of having a parent abandon me, like Lysa’s father did. But I have definitely had my share of dark experiences that still can keep me in a place of bondage if I let it.
At some point, I came to the realization that everyone has hurts from the past. And everyone has the choice to either let those past hurts continue to haunt and damage them or to allow forgiveness to pave the way for use to be more compassionate toward others. ~ page 138, Made to Crave
Rather than dwelling on the past, and those negative, hurtful experiences, I need to learn to look forward to whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy in my life.
Lysa ends this weeks study going back to the healthy eating plan discussed in a previous chapter. I love how Lysa provides a list of healthy boundaries, not to think of our eating plan as restrictive but rather as keeping us safe. If you need a template to help you draft out your own healthy eating plan, then you can download one here.
Next week we are going to be finishing our study of Made to Crave by reading chapters 17-19. I look forward to concluding our study with you all.
If you have any personal comments or insights from this week’s reading, I would love it if you would share them in the comments below if you are comfortable. Let’s continue to lift up one another and spur each other one in our journey to re-claim our desires and place our craving back on God.
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